Sunday, October 26, 2008

Demonstration Speech Topic Selection


The goals of your demonstration speech could be: to demonstrate a process and give the audience information while using visual aids; or to show how to do something; or how something is done; or how to make something; or how something works.

Choose a topic that you know and enjoy. Your speech will be more successful and easier to do if you use this criteria. If you can't come up with good public speaking topics for a demonstrational presentation speech, then use the subjects listed below for inspiration.

Before You Take that Step, Consider the following:

-Is it something you know how to do well?
-Is it something your audience would like to learn?
-Is it a process that can be done in the classroom with the materials that we provide? (table, blocks, cutting board, knives, refigerator, freezer, microwave--please DO NOT bring knives to schooo)
-Is it a process that will result in a finished product?
-Is it something you can accomplish in the allotted time? (5-7 minutes)
-Is it something you can safely accomplish in the room?
-Is it something you can do legally in school? (no weapons, animals, alcohol or controlled substances)
-Which of your choices have enough potential to offer your audience valuable information?

Remember audience when you choose your topic.

Who are they?
What are their interests?
What do they like?
What are their needs?
Use these lists of demonstrative speech topics to develop your own topics for a demonstrative speech. It can be anything you like. As long as you are able to present the steps of the demonstration or process speech topics.
Topic Ideas--Food--Demonstrate HOW TO:

bake a pie,
decorate a cake,
make a non-bake cookies,
make a favorite family cookie,
make a better than hitting the lottery cake,
make different flavors of beef jerkey,
make an icee,
make puppy chow,
make a fruit cake,
make blueberry pancakes,
make muffins,
grill a steak,
make seven-layer dip,
make a Caesar salad,
make an Orange Julius,
make variations on grilled cheese,
make an omelette,
make a smoothie,
make homemade ice-cream,

Topic Ideas--Non Food


to set a dinner table for a formal dinner,
to plan the perfect date,
to make a pinata,
to pot or repot a plant,
to make a birdhouse,
to arrange flowers,
to polish shoes,
to stencil glass,
to make stationary,
to stamp greeting cards,
to make ornaments,
to color eggs,
to scrapbook,
to make a photo album,
to paint a shirt,
to make paper flowers,
to do wood burning,
to frame a picture,
to make boxes,
to make a dream catcher,
to finish furniture,
to hang wallpaper,
to make a basket,
to make a spool doll,
to make an Easter tree,
to make a dryer vent pumpkin,
to fix a bike tire,
to iron clothes,
to cross stitch,
to make a terrarium,
to set up a fish tank,
to tie a tie,
to make a wreath,
to wrap a package creatively,
to silk screen,
to carve wood,
to tool leather,
to repair a lamp,
to make a winter survival kit,
to carve a pumpkin,
to make a centerpiece,
to make a beaded necklace,
to make paper,
to tie dye,
to braid a belt,
to make candy airplanes or trains,
to make a wooden stool,
to make Playdough or Silly Putty,
to make a planter,
to dry flowers
to be a vegetarian
to fix a flat tire
to create a Halloween mask
to clean your car
to play piano
to change a bank cheque
to dress for a dance
to play a computer game
to make a blog
to make a web site
to organize a surprise party
to print a digital photo
to eat oysters
to register for voting
to make special coffee drinks
to read music notes
to learn playing guitar
to use your breath when you sing
to make your own root beer
to make your garden full of flowers year around
to build a resume
to clean your swimming pool
to clean your golf clubs
to make a fast summer salad
to make a new candle of old ones
to make your own wedding dress
to organize your wedding
to make a water-colour
to build a shed
to prevent injury
to develop the best serve in a tennis game
to knot a carpet
to manage stress
to relax
to become a good actress
to become a famous filmstar
to write a filmscript
to write a business-like letter
to harvest honey
to serve breakfast in bed
to blow a glass
to train your brains
to make a genealogical tree
to start a bed & breakfast
to become a policeman
to climb a building
to planning a party
to run a formal meeting

or demonstration speech topics related to yĆ³ur favorite sports
And so on ...

Other Ways to Get Ideas

Another way of inventing demonstration speech topics is by associating. Look at the general categories below. Can you come up with any good how to demonstrative speech ideas?
Food and Drink, Household, Sports, Recreation, Health & Beauty, Home Improvement, Decoration, Cars, Government Science, Nature, College Games, Culture, Etcetera ...

Delivery Of Your Demonstration Speech Topics

First and for all: think about the rules and time limit of the public speaking assignment. And apply these eight public speaking speech tips for delivering your demonstration speech topics:

1. Visual aids, like objects, actual items, models or drawings can help you.
2. Include personal stories and examples to illustrate your topics for a demonstrative speech.
3. Provide each audience member materials and ingredients to practice with.
4. Insure everyone is participating.
5. Look around you and see if your audience is following you.
6. Ask yourself if someone in the audience has to assist with your demonstration.
7. Close your speech with a memorable summary.
8. Ask if there are any questions about your demonstrative speech topic ideas.

By now, you developed a blueprint for a good demonstration speech topic.

CLICK HERE for a cool on-line topic selection tool. Or scroll down for Mr. McLaughlin's list of topics.

Didn't get your topic in the book? CLICK HERE to send an email reserving your topic.

Have another idea to add to the list? CLICK HERE and if it's good, we'll add it to the list.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The LCHS Opinion/Conviction Speech


Originally Posted September 24, 2007 this term. Posting date changed to place the article higher on the blog for student's convenience.

Choose a topic about which you have a strong opinion. Remember, topics are first-come, first-served. Only one speech per topic, per class.

It is our goal in this speech to teach you how to support an opinion and make an argument with support. Don't be afraid of this, though. You already do this all the time. Everytime you reach a conclusion about something, your personal experiences or the experiences of others lead you to your conclusion.

You will share your opininion for the rest of your life. We want to make sure that our graduates know how to share valid opinions in public. Remember, an opinion by itself without support may let others see you as uneducated. Years from now when you're on a church council, a scout leader, a member of the PTA, local government or you're just visiting with family, what we learn here will serve you. THIS IS EASIER THAN MANY OF YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE IT. RELAX, YOU CAN DO THIS!

This IS NOT a researched speech. It is a speech that you will support with your own experiences, the experiences of friends, of family members or others. You will need three "reasons" why your opinion is valid. Then you will need to support your reasons with stories or personal experiences.


Don't understand the Introduction, Conclusion or How to Build a Main Point? Click here for more information.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for this 3-6 minute Opinion Speech you need to have the following pieces complete that are listed as REQUIRED. Some of these links are to help you find information quickly on our blog to help you and are not required.


(1) CLICK HERE to send an E-Mail to Mr. M. with your topic if it is not in the book. It must be put in the book and compared to other topics there. Remember, first come, first served. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: Your topic must be in the classroom book and must be approved by the instructor.


(2) CLICK HERE for a "review" on how to write a Pre-Speaking Block with a General Purpose and a Specific Purpose (known as the Pre-Speaking Block). REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A Pre-Speaking Block done before you begini writing your speech. This helps you make good speech writing choices.

(3) CLICK HERE for a "review" on how to write an Audience Analysis Statements as we taught in the last speech. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: An Audience Analysis Statement of an audience that is made up of students, teachers, parents, administrators, school board members and citizens.


(4) CLICK HERE for a "review" of the five goals one should achieve in writing a good introduction. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A manuscripted Introduction.

(5) CLICK HERE for a "review" of the types of Attention Getters (with examples) that we learned in class during the Peer Biography Speech. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: Three Attention Getters that are at least four sentences long each.

(6) CLICK HERE for a "review" on how to write a thesis statement as was taught in class. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A thesis statement made with a salutation, thesis base and strong preview.

(7) CLICK HERE for a "review" of how to write a relevance statement. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A relevance statement that includes three different reasons for the audience to listen. This is a minimum. More is fine.

(8) CLICK HERE for a template showing how to complete the three required bulletin boards. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A completed bulletin board for each of your main points.

(9) CLICK HERE for the required manuscripted Introduction Template. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A one-sheet manuscripted introduction.


(10) CLICK HERE for the required T-Chart/Template for MP I of your Opinion Speech. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: An important reason (T-Chart) for the "more important argument that you will offer."

(11) CLICK HERE for the required T-Chart/Template for MP II of your Opinion Speech. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A more important reason (T-Chart) for the "more important argument that you will offer."

(12) CLICK HERE for the required T-Chart/Templage for MP III of your Opinion Speech. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: The most important reason (T-Chart) for the "most important argument that you will offer."

(13) CLICK HERE for another copy of the rubic given to you in class. You need this signed by a parent/adult showing that you discussed or delivered this speech for an adult.

(14) CLICK HERE for the required manuscripted Conclusion Template. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A manuscripted conclusion of the speech.

(15) CLICK HERE for a "review" of the things any good speaker/writer should accomplish in a good conclusion as we learned in class.

(16) CLICK HERE for a "review" of the types of clichers with examples that one might use for a speech. These were recently taught in class. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: A strong clincher that effectively leaves the audience with a final thought or a series of final thoughts.

(17) CLICK HERE for examples of the types of evidence and support that one should us to support his/her opinions with evidence. The opinion speeches should be supported by evidence. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: Two pieces of support at minimum for each of the Main Points in the speech.


(18) CLICK HERE for an overview of what each TEMPLATE should contain. REQUIRED FOR THIS SPEECH: Five template styled pages to carry to the podium with you that encourages "extemporaneous speaking."


Opinion Speech Self-Evaluation.doc

Opinion Speech Teacher Evaluation page 1.doc

Opinion Evaluation Speech Teacher Evaluation page 2.doc

Opinion Speech Pre-Speaking Block

Opinion Speech Pre-Speaking Block & Modified Thesis

For today's homework you need to write a GP, an SP and an AAS for you Opinion Speech. I also need you to brainstorm on a web/map 5 reasons that your opinion should be supported by others. And by others we mean that you should consider other students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community patrons and school board members.

For the first speech we taught you to write a thesis the following way:

Today I will insert general purpose (entertain, inform, persuade, convince, etc.) you that insert subject and opinion of subject by insert -ing word (examining, discussing, studying): (1) insert first main point; (2) insert second main point; (3) insert third main point; and (4) insert fourth main point.

For this speech you will need to write a revised thesis (without the "Today I will and GP")

The revised and less rigid thesis should look like this. This is closer to what a thesis should look like in your writing:

Start by stating your subject and your opinion of your subject--Thesis Base (short and to the point) as can be seen by insert -ing word (examining, discussing, studying): (1) insert first main point; (2) insert second main point; (3) insert third main point; and (4) insert fourth main point.